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“One A Day” Black History Month ~ Mr. Gilbert “Gil” Scott-Heron

February 2, 2015

The Message and The Messengers

The Militant Negro™

By Jueseppi B.

Fifteenth in the “One A Day” Black History Month Series is….. Mr. Gilbert “Gil” Scott-Heron.

I grew up listening to the old school cuts “Johannesburg” and “The Revolution Will NOT Be Televised” & “The Bottle”. I was a very big “Gil” Scott-Heron fan. To my mind, Mr. Gilbert “Gil” Scott-Heron was the first & original hip hop artist.

Gilbert “Gil” Scott-Heron (April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011) was an American soul and jazz poet, musician, and author, known primarily for his work as a spoken word performer in the 1970s and ’80s. His collaborative efforts with musician Brian Jackson featured a musical fusion of jazz, blues, and soul, as well as lyrical content concerning social and political issues of the time, delivered in both rapping and melismatic vocal styles by Scott-Heron. His own term for himself was “bluesologist”, which he defined as “a scientist who is concerned with…

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